The Mother of Moses

Simeon Solomon (1840-1905)


Oil on canvas

Height: 23.5"(59.6 cm); Width: 19"(48.2 cm) with frame: 36.6 × 31.7 × 2.2 "(93 × 80.6 × 5.7 cm)

Collection: Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington

This episode takes place when the Israelites are under captivity in Egypt — hence the pyramid, seen very faintly through the crude window, behind the doves. [Commentary continues below.]

Photograph (taken at National Portrait Gallery, at the exhibition listed below) and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]